March 2022 – This is Shanghai

Chinese New Year ended and next thing we knew, opening after opening after opening.

As Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen slow down, Shanghai thinks, “No. Let’s open more restaurants and bars.

Cool, we’re totally on board.

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Coming from the same team behind the wine bar Mavis East netta. Located on Yan’an Xi Lu, this duo-concept venue offers wine and cocktails on the first floor, kitchen counter seating on the second floor, and individual tables for 30 on the third floor, where guests can join in the fun. chef Jeremy’s experimental, ‘carte blanche menu.

Always in soft opening, eexpect French-leaning dishes, with plans to update the menu seasonally, and an extensive wine list.

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More in bar news: after so many expectations, (we’ve been waiting for it for months) certificate of authenticity of Hong Kong – No. 1 in the Asian Top 50 and 8th bar in the world – opened its second establishment, right here in Shanghai, on March 8 on Jiaozhou Lu.

With eight agave-focused signature cocktails (the same ones on their menu in Hong Kong), plus eight contemporary cocktails and appetizers, this spot is sure to spur many worthwhile visits.

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This Mexican-inspired craft cocktail bar aims to bring agave spirits to the forefront of the Asian drink scene.

As one bar of mezcal goes in, another comes out. The GuinguetteFrench wine and aperitif bar, replaced the mezcal bar Spirit on Yongjia Lu. Their inauguration took place on March 5th.

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Chinese italian fusion pasta shop by Yaya by the cook Dan Li (formerly from Bird), Andrew Moo (Taste Collective, The Daily) and Mike Liu (Lucky Mart), finally opens its own physical store. It is on Tongren Lu and welcomes diners from March 15.

The plan is to be open daily for lunch and dinner, offering a more extensive menu of 6-10 pasta dishes, snacks, wine – heavy on the natural and organic varieties, knowing this trio – and fun drinks, with a rotating selection of food specials.

The idea is a casual neighborhood restaurant; no frills, no fuss. We can’t expect more from these tasty pasta to fill our bellies.

READ MORE: Yaya’s Italo-Chinese Pasta: The Exception in Fusion Chess

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The team behind The Nascondiglio Shanghai’s only Italian private dining concept, where only one table is served with a set menu per day, has decided to expand to meet demand, with a contemporary Italian restaurant open to the public on Yuyao Lu. call CIBUSmeaning “food” in Latin.

The small menu, led by the chef Andrea Cancianiwill change every quarter, and will favor seasonality and modernity rather than classics

Don’t expect to find pizza, bolognese or eggplant parmesan; Expect a menu filled with inventive ravioli, homemade pastas and an impressive range of wines, all living up to the venue’s slogan “the art of eating well”.

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Stand up for Virtual Time Travel, new cocktail bar MTB opened in a former piston factory-turned-bar on Jinxian Lu. Outfitted with quirky vintage machines and “chic construction hat” decor, the steam-punk-looking libations are curated by the head bartender albertwho cut his teeth J.Boroski.

Baobao Burger – an all-plant-based burger pop-up that takes place at Egg from 6-9:30pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday – aims to shatter that misconception and revolutionize any preconceptions you might have about vegan burgers .

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The popup, led by Shiyin Wang, should last until mid-March, but a little birdie told us that it could be extended for another month if you, readers, like it as much as we do. The hope is to keep it in operation and eventually turn it into a full restaurant in a new TBA location.

READ MORE: Baobao Burger: Revolutionizing Your Ideas About Vegan Burgers

Bird Pieone of Shanghai’s go-to options for American-style dessert pies, opens American pie bar in Xintiandi Plaza in June. There will be a new series of ice cream products inspired by traditional American desserts like sundaes, floats, frozen pies and jelly.

Oh yes, and a pretty large terrace, ideal for enjoying these summer confections in the sun.

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Pho shop opened its third location in Xuhui on Huashan Lu in February. While the main menu is similar to its other places, this place offers a wider variety of traditional Vietnamese desserts and coffee drinks.

Building on the success of their second opening of italian tiles in 1000 trees, Colca Group also open Xuk on the 5th floor of the same shopping center in early March.

The dining concept is casual western, like Gaga, with an emphasis on convenience, while the décor is Middle Eastern. Plus, there’s a huge – and we mean huge – patio.

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the Mosto Group – the team behind Mosto In Beijing, Mocha Bros. and The Social – opened Shanghai’s own Mosto at the corner of Shaanxi Nan Lu by Julu Lu.

This casual restaurant offers Mediterranean flavors curated by the Spanish-Venezuelan chef and co-founder Daniel Urdaneta.

The sunny fifth-floor bistro, which opened its doors the last weekend in January, offers views of the Jing’an skyline in an unpretentious yet intimate setting.

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Luncha satellite kitchen provided by the team behind Claybegan delivery from Xuhui in October and has now expanded to a second location in Pudong, expanding its delivery radius.

While the menu by Chief Hardeep Somal is Indian-inspired (it’s named after the lunch box carriers used in India, after all), no dish is the same as Klay’s. On the contrary, the whole menu is specially designed for delivery.

READ MORE: Klay’s Hardeep Somal shows Shanghai what Indian food can be

Crocus reopens on Nanjing Xi Lu by Huashan Lu after it closed last summer, bringing back its insane 80 RMB Sunday offer for all-you-can-eat beef, pork, chicken, sausages and barbecue vegetables, plus pizza and some salad.

Of course, there are also free flow drink options to add.

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house of music opens its sixth China-wide outpost and its first location in Shanghai, located at One East. With a bar manager from Asia’s top 50 bars Epic and a chef from the Black Pearl restaurant The pineMusic House’s recipe for success is pretty much guaranteed.

As the name suggests, it’s a live music venue, with bands and DJs every night with music ranging from rock, blues, Latin, country, R&B, pop and everything the rest.

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The sixth floor of The cup in IAPM is closed until April for renovations. Coinciding with the reopening, they will also be releasing a new menu and decorating style. Luckily, the seventh floor (and sunny patio) is still open as usual.


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